The 177-mile bike ride is intended to honour the contribution of international and club rugby players from around the world who fought and died during the First World War.
As part of the ride, Rugby for Heroes’ team of former international rugby players, serving, and ex-military veterans will conduct acts of remembrance at the Menin Gate (Ypres), Vimy Ridge and the Thiepval Memorial.
The acts of remembrance will be brought to life by veterans in the group presenting on ‘realities of combat’, highlighting the non-physical impact of war on a soldier during WW1 and current conflicts.
The event aims to raise awareness of the on-going challenges faced by service personnel in their transition to civilian life, and the part the rugby community can play in supporting this. The event reinforces the deep-rooted connection between the sport of rugby and the military, whilst remembering those who made the ultimate sacrifice.
“Rugby for Heroes are honoured and delighted to be the chosen charity of the World Rugby Memorial Festival of Rugby and would like to express a heartfelt thanks to everybody involved in bringing this event to life. The support of the event will go a long way to enabling us to continue our work in assisting ex-service me and women, and be that arm around the shoulder to show that no one is ever on their own.” – Simon Bailey, Rugby for Heroes Trustee